Hi All! Happy fall, or psuedo-fall, as it is unseasonably balmy here. It has been a very exciting six months. I want to start this post with some props to Crazyhorse. I just got the new issue (88) in the mail today and the new layout is gorgeous. It is sleek, accessible and memorable. I'm honored to be a part of the issue (3 poems) with so many incredible writers (Jane Satterfield, Wayne Miller, Eric Pankey, John Gallaher, Jon Pineda, Sarah Gambito, Georg Trakl and many others). This issue is a must-read. You can get one here. UPDATE! My poem "Door of Birds" originally published in Southern Humanities Review is on Verse Daily today!! And my poem "Garage Door" originally published in Valparaiso Poetry Review was Verse Daily's weekly web feature December 7th, 2015!
I have also been lucky enough to have audio of my work put up recently by Drunken Boat, Superstition Review, Word Riot and Sugarhouse Review. Use the links to listen! I hope you enjoy them. I also was lucky enough to have my new manuscript, Nothing like a Ghost, named a finalist for Four Way Books' Larry Levis Prize. Hopefully that is a precursor of good things to come.
I have also been reading and/or teaching some amazing new books by Susan McCarty, Alexandra Teague, Cynthia Marie Hoffman, Nicky Beer, Susannah Nevison, Ansel Elkins, Abigail Cloud and Sara Eliza Johnson. I am so stoked for new books coming out soon by Kathryn Nuernberger, Kimberley Grey, Patrick Rosal and Gabrielle Calvocoressi.
Now for my favorite part of every post. Here is what my Salisbury University students have been up to lately:
Kathryn (Katie) Merwin was accepted to, and received scholarship from, the VQR conference. She also had poems accepted by minnesota review, Iron Horse Literary Review, Notre Dame Review, Permafrost, Folio, apt, Blue Earth Review, Slipstream, Booth, Cheat River Review, Blueshift, Dogwood and Sandy River Review. Katie was also the featured artist on Blueshift's website here! UPDATE! Katie's poem, "Heirloom Centenary," (published earlier this year in Jabberwock Review) has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize! Grats, Katie!
Katie, Charlotte and Erin also started a new magazine that I am honored to be in the forthcoming inaugural issue of: Milk Journal. I am so proud of them. Please send some of your best work their way.
Idara Idemeko had three poems accepted by Best New African Poets.
Lauren Yarnall had a poem accepted by Superstition Review that will also be made into an audio feature.
Caylie Herrmann had two poems accepted by burntdistrict.
Emmanuel Flores had a poem accepted by Fifth Wednesday Journal.
Kyle Shaw had a story accepted by Santa Clara Review.
UPDATE! Jamie Shrewsbury had a story accepted by apt!
UPDATE! Shelby Vane (now at Chatham MFA) is a finalist for Sycamore Review's Wabash Prize in Poetry! Good luck, Shelby!
UPDATE! Alex Thomas had a poem accepted by Red Paint Hill.
Many of our fine students will be applying to MFA programs this year, so if you see Salisbury University, please think quality and give these students full consideration. They will make any programs they end up in very proud. I will likely have more updates soon. Have a great end of 2015, all. You rock.